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Letter to the Editor | Wonderful turnout for the 19th annual Richfield Thresheree | By Frank Carr

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Sept.  21, 2017 – Richfield, WI –  The Richfield Historical Society hosted its 19th Annual Thresheree on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17,  at the Richfield Nature/Historical Park, 1896 State Rd 164, Richfield Wisconsin.  The beautiful Wisconsin blue skies were a perfect backdrop for the smoke from steam tractors and the multi-colored tents.

Thank you to the nearly 2,000 spectators who came to enjoy activities representative of how farming, clothing, cooking and socializing looked at the turn of the 19th Century.  The Pancake Breakfasts were a popular way to start the day and pies were judged and sold out immediately.

The daily Antique Tractor Parade maintained its status as the crowd favorite as drivers of all ages blasted their whistles and chugged on the route to show off their tractors.  The new Richfield Historical Society Blacksmith shop enjoyed its debut and had not one but two dedications.   Antique threshing machinery threshed grain while a giant steam engine powered the saw mill and draft horses plowed the fields.

Scarecrows rode the wagons to the parking lot and will be found on Richfield porches and Halloween Displays.


The end of this year’s Richfield Historical Society’s outdoor events signals the beginning of our monthly meetings that start Thursday, Sept.28 with speaker Chad Lewis and “Wisconsin’s Most Haunted Places.”

 Chad Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  He has trekked across the world in search of the paranormal.  From tracking vampires in Transylvania and chasing the Chupacabras in Puerto Rico, to searching for the elusive monster in Loch Ness, and pursuing ghosts in Ireland’s castles, Chad brings over 18 years of research experience to his presentations.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Richfield Historical Society’s monthly meetings.   The programs start at 7 p.m. and are held at the Richfield Fire Hall, 2008 State Road 175, Richfield, WI 53076.

Funds raised at the Thresheree and our other events support the Society’s educational programs and maintenance of the Richfield Historical Park.  For more information and directions visit our website and stay connected to us on Facebook and Twitter.


The mission of the Richfield Historical Society, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, is to discover, collect, preserve and promote the history of the Village of Richfield.


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